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BERA announces Brian Simon Fund Winners

BERA is delighted to announce the winners of a new grants scheme supported by the use of the Brian Simon fellowship fund.

These grants are made possible due to a gift from the family of Brian Simon, a leading post-war educationalist and former BERA President. The fund is held in trust by BERA and we released funds for these four projects to be published in our 50th anniversary year. Due to a large of number of excellent applications we have also chosen to fund an additional fifth project. 

We believe that the chosen projects are independent, imaginative, scholarly and dedicated to educational advance. The key output of each project will be a final report of between 2,000-3,000 words to be published by BERA in 2024. 

The following projects have been funded:

History of Education

Daniel Laqua, “Rehearsals for Democracy: Student Life in Central and Eastern Europe, 1919–1923

Miles Smith  (ECR), “Far away from the Ivory Tower: the impact of university education on disadvantaged people and their communities.”


Education and Democracy

Fengling Tang “Shifting youth environmental activism from the public imagination to community engagement: implications for education for sustainability in the 21st Century”

Lee Jerome “Agenda for Citizenship Education (ACE): a co-constructed agenda for education for democratic citizenship”

Rebekah Ackroyd (ECR), “Land:  what is it for and how do we decide? A democratic study of children and their families’ perspectives”


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Daniel Laqua, Dr

Associate Professor of European History at University of Northumbria

Daniel Laqua is Associate Professor of European History at Northumbria University. He has published widely on the history of international movements and organisations, as reflected in articles for periodicals such as The Historical Journal and...

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Miles Smith, Mr

Associate Dean of Education at Plymouth Marjon University

I am Associate Dean of Education and Programme Lead for Primary Education BA (Hons) at Plymouth Marjon University. Having worked in the English Language Teaching sector and Primary sector, I have diverse experience of education in both UK and...

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Fengling Tang, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton

I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Human Development, School of Education, Froebel College, University of Roehampton. I had worked in schools and further education in China and a nursery school in...

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Lee Jerome, Dr

Professor of Education at Middlesex University

Dr Lee Jerome is Professor of Education at Middlesex University, where he is course leader for the MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies. He explores three main themes in his research and writing: citizenship education, children’s...

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Rebekah Ackroyd, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Cumbria

Rebekah Ackroyd is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for the North of England. Rebekah is a lecturer in education at the University of Cumbria working on postgraduate provision. Her PhD research examined how teachers of Religious...